Universal Hotel Overview
As many people know, Universal Theme Park Orlando can be an amazing vacation for you and your family. I recently had the opportunity to tour their amazing onsite resorts and was impressed with their rooms and styles. Here is a little bit of information on the resorts.
Loews Portofino Bay Hotel is an Italian themed resort named after a small town in Italy called Portofino. This resort has 750 guest rooms and 45 Despicable Me themed family suites and 3 pools. This resort is a beautiful getaway resort for adults looking to spend time in a nice romantic laidback atmosphere. This AAA 4-star resort has many amenities you and your loved ones will enjoy. If you look closely you will see a few Hidden Mickeys around this resort as well. Discover that the onsite Mandara Spa is a great place to get a massage or facial. They have an open courtyard area that becomes the place where everyone hangs out in the evening. Amazing pools and gorgeous gardens. When you stay at this Universal Premier resort, you will get priority seating and access to Universal Express ($$) at the parks. You can take a boat ride or walk to Universal from the resort. The walkway is concrete and surrounded by plants and butterfly gardens.
Now onto one of Universal’s Preferred resorts, the beautiful Loews Royal Pacific. When I walked into this resort, I immediately felt like I was in South Seas. It is breathtaking. There is a serene calming feeling when I noticed all the frogs in different locations around this resort. Frogs are a symbol of good luck and faith. There are 1000 rooms here, 51 of them are suites themed after Jurassic Park and they also offer club level rooms with exclusive lounge for those guests. Here at this resort you will also get priority seating and access to Universal Express ($$) for being a guest at this resort.
There is also an amazing rock’n’roll resort at Universal. Univeral’s other premier resort, Hard Rock Hotel has all access to Universal Express and amazing Club Level amenities. This resort has a total of 650 rooms and 29 of them are rock and roll suites. The Palm and The Kitchen are two amazing dining opportunities at this classic rock’n’roll resort. The lobby is absolutely gorgeous and if you’re lucky enough to stay at this resort, you may be able to even see live music in the lobby!! How awesome is that! You may even get to see a celebrity (you never know). Another plus to this resort is the walkway to Universal entrance, which is the closest to the parks.
My favorite resort on Universal property is Cabana Bay, modeled after hop in the car and drive to vacation destination feel. Cabana Bay resort has a quick service called BayLiner for food with many different stations to feed any member of your family, a Bowling alley (yes I said a bowling alley in the resort), Starbucks and a Lounge (opened from 5:00pm to midnight daily). This resort has an amazing color scheme and exceeds the expectation of a "Prime Value Resort". This resort has Family suites with a Kitchenette and sleeps 6 people (including Infants), as well as standard rooms. They have an amazing pool area with zero-entry along with cool sand and a lazy river (you can purchase tubes at the resort and they blow them up for you there - or bring your own!). This resort has 1800 rooms 900 of them are suites.
Sapphire Falls is another resort available to be booked at Universal. It will be Caribbean inspired and filled with luxurious landscaping including waterfalls. This resort is brand new and still under construction and will be open to guests in July 2016.
Photos Credit: UniversalStudios.com
Tiffany Romero is an Independent Agent of Fairytale Adventures Travel. She is a frequent visitor to Disney World. She specializes in special needs travel for adults and children and family travel. Tiffany can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.